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The mission of the Coral Gables Merrick House is to preserve, interpret and promote the House and grounds as an historic house museum that represents the home environment of the Solomon and Althea Merrick family for the benefit of the public. This will be accomplished with the highest standards of the museum profession that our resources will allow.
As City of Coral Gables founder George E. Merrick's boyhood home, Coral Gables Merrick House is the most historically significant home on a town of many historically- designated homes. It was to this home that George's father and mother, Reverend Solomon and Althea Merrick brought their family from Massachusetts in 1900. The house at that time was a simple wood-frame structure which was by 1910 transformed under Mrs. Merrick's artistic guidance into a New England style home adapted to the South Florida environment. Its coral rock construction, gabled, red tiled roof inspired the Merrick's to call their new home Coral Gables and their grapefruit plantation on which it stood the Coral Gables Plantation.
The home, at 907 Coral Way, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is an outstanding example of early South Florida architecture and exists today much as it did in the 1920s thanks to a painstaking restoration process. The house is filled with the Merrick family's artwork, photographs, furniture and personal treasures. The public is welcome for tours on Wednesdays and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3. Group interested in tours are welcome to make special arrangements for their visits by calling 305-460-5095.
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